3x 20-30 min Skype interviews, over 2 days
Politics: problem sheet, general discussion; Economics: problem sheet; Philosophy: general discussion, problem
TSA and A-level Thinking Skills papers, critical thinking books
Enjoy your subject and read widely around it; practise 'thinking on your feet'.
Remember this advice isn't official. There is no guarantee it will reflect your experience because university applications can change between years. Check the official Cambridge and Oxford websites for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.
Also, someone else's experience may not reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they are quite interactive.
Number of interviews: 3
Skype interview: Yes
Interview spread: 2 interviews, four hours apart, on first day; 1 interview on second day
Length of interviews: 20-30 minutes each
I had three interviews for each of the subjects (Philosophy, Politics and Economics).
For the Politics interview, I was given a problem sheet and asked to formulate responses to some questions on it. We then moved on to a general discussion on a particular aspect brought up by the problem sheet.
For the Economics interview, I was also given a problem sheet which required sketching on a whiteboard.
For Philosophy, we had a general discussion on philosophical concepts, before moving on to a problem statement and discussing it.
The atmosphere for most of the interviews was relaxed - the tutors are very friendly and would help calm your nerves. Over time, most candidates would relax into it.
I used the official
I read widely. First, I read some books on the Oxbridge interview process and discussions on previous questions (e.g.
I also had a mentor through Project Access, as well as a former teacher from my school who gave me